CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care

Entry Requirements

To gain entry into this course candidates must either:

For Diploma level studies, the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12 certificate) is desirable.

If this is not possible, intending students will need to be assessed as displaying a required level of competence in reading and numeracy.  Certificate IV and below studies will use an interview and written assessment process linked to the industry skill requirement and the Australian Core Skills Framework.

To assess whether an intending Diploma level student has the required level of competence in reading and numeracy, AHEA will administer a Core Skills assessment online in the Academy’s computer laboratory. This assessment will be done using the reading and numeracy components of the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER)’s Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) tool. AHEA must be satisfied that the student is displaying competency at ACSF Exit Level 3 or above in both reading and numeracy. As a guide:

  • An ACSF Exit Level 3 at reading requires a student to read familiar texts fluently
  • An ACSF Exit Level 3 at numeracy requires a student to interpret and understand everyday mathematical information

Students may undertake a practice test online before completing the Core Skills assessment. Once complete, students will be advised of their results and a copy of the results will be stored for five years and may be provided to the Commonwealth if requested.

Students must be able to satisfactorily demonstrate to AHEA administration they have the skills, abilities and attitude to successfully complete their studies and gain employment in the relevant vocational industry.


demonstrate competence through a recognised training program or recognition process, in the relevant competencies from the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

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Course Duration

51 weeks (approximately)

  • AHEA usually does not hold classes during periods designated as school term breaks by the West Australian Department of Education or on gazetted public holidays.

Delivery Mode

  • Flexible/External (only available for students working or volunteering in the Child Care Industry)
  • RPL/RCC available: Contact the Academy if you need more details


Course Costs

  • Go to our Fees and Charges page or contact the Academy for current course costs.

Qualification Information

This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. Educators at this level are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum that meets the requirements of an approved learning framework and for maintaining compliance in other areas of service operations. They use specialised knowledge and analyse and apply theoretical concepts to diverse work situations. They may have the supervision of volunteers or other educators.

Occupational Titles May Include

  • Childcare Worker (Qualified)
  • Team Leader / Group Leader
  • Children’s Service Director / Coordinator


Please Note

*** All units require students to demonstrate that they have gained competence from on-the job training (Supervised Field Placement).

*** Students must ensure they can obtain a Working With Children’s Check. This is not provided as part of the course and is the responsibility of the student. Students may also be required to provide a medical clearance at their own expense.

*** For students who are undertaking Supervised Field Placement and they are pregnant, we require a letter from their General Practitioner stating it is safe for them to continue with the Supervised Field Placement.

*** All resources are provided on loan for use by students during the course.

Units of Competency covered

Core Units

BSBTWK502Manage team effectiveness
CHCECE041Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE042Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
CHCECE043Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE044Facilitate compliance in a children's education and care service
CHCECE045Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
CHCECE046Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE047Analyse information to inform children's learning
CHCECE048Plan and implement children's education and care curriculum
CHCECE049Embed environmental responsibility in service operations
CHCECE050Work in partnership with children's families
CHCPRP003Reflect and improve own professional practice

Elective Units

CHCDIS007Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
CHCMGT003Lead the work team
CHCSAC010Foster holistic learning, development and wellbeing for school age children